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Celebrating 20 Years as Philadelphia’s Garden District

Chestnut Hill is nestled along the 1,800 acres of Wissahickon Valley Park, part of Philadelphia’s 9,200-acre Fairmount Park system – providing locals and visitors alike with access to expansive trails for hiking and biking, horseback riding, and other recreational activities. Located just outside of Center City Philadelphia, the urban village stands as a bridge between suburban life and urban living. In 1997, Chestnut Hill was designated “Philadelphia’s Garden District” in recognition of their excellence in urban planning, green space, and horticultural assets.

Named “one of the top seven urban enclaves in the country” by Forbes.com, Chestnut Hill is one of the most environmentally friendly residential and business corridors in the region. Behind the well-manicured facades of Germantown Avenue, members of the Chestnut Hill Business District work with local businesses to build an attractive destination for both residential and commercial growth. The area boasts more than 125 retailers, restaurants, and locally-owned businesses, along with independent art galleries and a community theater. While new businesses add to the fabric of the neighborhood, Chestnut Hill is also home to more than 25 local businesses that have been in operation for more than 30 years, nine of which are more than 50 years old.

Chestnut Hill has also been named a Distinctive Destination in the United States by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in recognition of their rich culture and arts, gardens, parks, shopping, dining, architecture, and historic offerings.

As a bustling and dynamic region, Chestnut Hill offers a robust year-round event calendar and several visitor attractions. Upcoming summer events during the 20th anniversary year as Philadelphia’s Garden District include Restaurant Week (August 13 – 18), the Fall for the Arts Festival (September 24), and the popular Harry Potter Festival (October 20 – 21). Easily accessible via car or train, Chestnut Hill has two SEPTA regional rail train lines culminating in the business district and ample visitor parking throughout six public lots.

Visit www.chesnuthillpa.com or find us on social media with @chestnuthillpa to learn more about Philadelphia’s Garden District. Take a minute to share your Chestnut Hill story with #chestnuthillpa and #phlgardendistrict.

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